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A smartphone that's good at being smart, but poor as a phone,
This review is from: HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio Sim-Free Smartphone (Electronics)
Purchased (sim free) to replace an iPhone 3GS.
Very impressed with Android, especially after the upgrade to ICS which this phone seems to cope with very well. While not as intuitive to use as the iPhone, it's much more customizable, so if you're disposed to 'tweaking' or setting your phone up just as you want it, Android is a better system IMO. I did find I needed to download and read the instruction manual however; with Apple's products this is not usually necessary, but this isn't a negative point as far as I'm concerned.
While I think the 'smart' part of the XE outclasses the iPhone, I can't say the same for the 'phone' half of this particular smartphone. While it seems to hang on to a signal as well as my previous 3GS when stationary, it doesn't cope very well at all while in a car. The phone can't seem to handover from one tower to the next, and while travelling call drops are frequent. The 3GS never dropped a call on my regular work route, but the XE drops calls every time - not good.
Call quality is also far inferior - the audio is relatively quiet at maximum, and the audio quality isn't a patch on the 3GS - very tinny indeed.
While the XE has been superseded by the One range, the One range has it's own shortcomings, not least the huge step backward of no removable battery. The Samsung Galaxy S2 also had serious call quality issues with unbearable echo; if I was choosing now I would probably for for the Galaxy S3, but then again the screen is just a little too over-sized for my liking! Shame they couldn't get the phone part right here.